WGL completes 3.2-MW solar project in Devens, Massachusetts

WGL Energy Systems, a WGL (NYSE: WGL) company, on Sept. 27 announced the completion of a 3.2-MW solar facility in Devens, a 4,400-acre community in north-central Massachusetts.

The fully installed photovoltaic (PV) system is designed to provide power to the residential, commercial and industrial customers of the Devens Utilities DepartmentMassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development authority, is redeveloping Devens – a former U.S. Army base – into a mixed-use community.

The system consists of 10,488 rooftop solar panels installed on top of two buildings in Devens at 66 Saratoga Boulevard and 18 Independence Drive. The solar facilities are expected to produce more than 30,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of electricity.

WGL Energy, with more than 205 MW (dc) of distributed solar power capacity operational or under contract in 19 states across the U.S., owns and operates the facility and will sell power to the Devens community under a 24-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

WGL Energy operates 13 solar projects throughout Massachusetts, with a combined capacity of over 24 MW (dc). Sol Systems developed the project and managed the engineering, construction and procurement of equipment for these two solar facilities.

“WGL Energy is proud to support the Devens community with energy solutions,” said Sanjiv Mahan, president, WGL Energy Systems. “We are dedicated to delivering energy answers that empower customers to incorporate renewable energy as a source, to lower carbon emissions, and to reduce energy spend.”

“Sol Systems values the opportunity to partner with WGL Energy and Devens and closely collaborate on a successful solar project,” said Yuri Horwitz, CEO of Sol Systems.

WGL Energy delivers a full spectrum of energy offerings, including electricity, natural gas, renewable energy, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency solutions. WGL, headquartered in Washington, D.C., consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas.

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